|A commercial street in Egipto.|
|Egipto's centuries-old Church.|
|The view of downtown.|
|Hillside homes in Egipto.|
Whatever their vision, El Tiempo reports that the plan has died, because of legal obstacles, corruption, internal disputes, opposition from residents, or a combination of all of those. While homeowners stood to earn big by selling their properties, other residents understandably feared losing their homes being driven from their community.
To their credit, the investors restored several old houses overlooking the fruit market and built a handsome traditional metalworking shop there. But the other two-dozen houses they purchased sit vacant, according to El Tiempo.
|A carpentry shop in Egipto. The alley beside it is |
notorious for drug dealing.
|Egipto's traditional fruit market, |
el Mercado de Rumichaca.
A young man who lives in Egipto tells me that residents sometimes cannot venture off the streets they live on for fear of being murdered by rival gangs.
|Two old men sit drinking on a sidewalk.|
So, life in Egipto leaves a lot to be desired, and the potential is there to bring investment and jobs. But, how to do that while also benefiting the existing residents?
Egipto's Three Kings Celebration
A Visit to Egipto
|The Forja people built a demonstration workshop,|
whose tower overlooks the fruit market.
|A view of Egipto, Monserrate and a rainbow.|
|Egipto's brick homes crawl up the hillside.|
|A house, probably built illegaly, overhanging the river.|
|An informally-built shack say 'Love.'|
|Egipto's vegetation-choked river. The water reeks of sewage.|
|A street in Egipto.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours